By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt
Tyson’s Block Party— Jordan Tyson didn’t have a huge night on offense but was a beast on defense, with five blocks on the night, including four in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Senior’s Shine— Dion Wright, arguably the Bonnies night in and night out most consistent player, had another solid effort against the Spiders with 19 points. Wright was also unstoppable on the boards with a career-high 14, leading both teams in that category.
Dominate in the Paint— The Bonnies have had a prolific offense all year long, scoring from all angles in most games. Today, while the brown and white were 6-of-15 from beyond the arc, they dominated mostly in the paint, where they outscored the Spiders 36-26.
Thank you Turnovers— Richmond and Bonaventure each had similar turnover numbers, with the Spiders giving up the ball 11 times and the Bonnies giving up the ball 10 times. However, the Bonnies capitalized much more off the Spider’s 11 turnovers, moving the ball down the court quickly and scoring 22 points of turnovers compared to the Spiders 10.
Where’s Woods?— Derrick Woods has played a decent amount of minutes this season under the basket for the Bonnies when Tyson was hurt or in foul trouble. Today he scored zero points in just three minutes of action before Mark Schmidt sat him down for the rest of the game.
Second half magic— The Bonnies outscored the Spiders 51-29 in the second half, an impressive feat on both ends of the court. St. Bonaventure has shown their explosiveness on offense all year long, playing a lot like an NBA team, getting up and down the court and shooting at will. Today, its defense also came to play in the second half, holding one of the best offensive teams in the A-10 to 9-33 (27 percent) in the second half of play.
Richmond coach Chris Mooney— “They played more aggressive than us. They have really good guards in Posley and Adams. I also thought Dion Wright played really well.”
Bona coach Mark Schmidt- “I thought the second half was the best we could play, from a defensive standpoint.”